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Do you know Venice?

by Roberta R. Tour leader

Do you know of a place in the world where a whole city floats on the water, where there are no streets but canals, where there are no cars but gondolas, where thousands of visitors come every year just see the city on the water…..I know only of one place like that: the Italian city of Venice.

Located in the famous homonymous lagoon, the city of Venice is a legendary place considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world for its peculiar architecture and its artistic patrimony.

The best way to start a tour of Venice is to wonder around the city, admiring the network of little streets and canals. Don’t forget to cross the Big Canal using one of the four bridges present on it; Ponte di Rialto is the most famous and oldest bridges, first built in the 1500s.

Let’s proceed with a visit to the main square of city (the only real square of Venice!) Piazza San Marco. In the middle of the piazza, we find the San Marco’s Basilica; the history of Venice is represented in the mosaics that decorate the church. Noticeable are also the 4 bronze horses placed on the main door, which were brought from Constantinople from the fourth crusade.

Near the Basilica, we find Palazzo Ducale, which was once the seat of the government and now is a museum where we can admire the famous Ponte dei Sospiri and the ancient prisons.

Something we cannot miss during our tour of Venice is what is probably considered the symbol of city: the Campanile di San Marco. This bell tower was built in the XII century as a lighthouse and now is completely renewed and covered by low reliefs.

A tour of Venice should also include the several palaces that are scattered around the city which bear the name of the family who founded them and the fondachi which were built in the Middle Ages as a shelter for foreign merchants.

Venice is also famous for its world known Carnival; one of the most ancient traditions of the city, the Carnival is a very important event in the city. People from al over the world come all dressed up to dance and walk around, admiring the artisanal Venetian costumes and masks which represent one of the trademarks of the city.

An experience in Venice will really leave a sign in your life; it is a city with a magic halo that stands no comparison with any other place.

Make sure you don’t miss a thing of the city on the water asking the guidance of Italy Tours. Our guides will make sure you miss nothing of this beauty and have a memorable experience of your trip. 


About Roberta R. Junior   Tour leader

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Joined APSense since, April 29th, 2013, From Catania, Italy.

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